France invites 10 WGA members to visit

Gallic film commission Film France has teamed up with the WGA to launch France Unlimited Access, a program that takes 10 Hollywood scribes on an eight-day tour of Gallic landmarks to encourage them to develop story ideas set in that country.

John August (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), Michael Brandt (“Wanted”), Michael Dougherty (“Superman Returns”), Derek Haas (“3:10 to Yuma”), Edward Neumeier (“Starship Troopers”), Duncan Tucker (“Transamerica”) and Rita Hsiao (“Toy Story 2″) have signed up for the tour, set to take place in Paris and the South of France from Nov. 6-13.

The program is backed by the French Embassy in the U.S., the Ile de France Film Commission and the Alpes-Cotes d’Azur Film Commission, among others.

“Since we are surrounded by countries that offer generous tax breaks to foreign producers, we had to come up with a creative way to motivate American producers to shoot in France,” said Film France managing director Patrick Lamassoure. “We figured the best way was to start with the writers.”

Lamassoure said Hollywood shoots generate between 50% and 60% of the revenues of the French film production biz.

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